Friday, April 15, 2016

Uzay Bulut, Gatestone Institute: Turkey: Normalizing Hate

Here is a bit about Turkish journalist Uzay Bulut:

Uzay Bulut is a Turkish journalist based in Ankara. She holds a master's degree in media and cultural studies at Ankara's Middle East Technical University. Bulut's journalistic work focuses mainly on the Kurdish issue, anti-Semitism, and Turkey's ethnic and religious minorities.

To read the entire item at the Gatestone Institute website, kindly click on this link:

Turkey: Normalizing Hate

World Champion Violator of Right to Freedom of Speech

 Omer Asan, a Turkish author and publisher, was accused by Turkish courts of "spreading separatist propaganda" through "Pontus, Pontic Culture," a book he wrote. The title means "sea" in Greek, and is a historical Greek designation for the territory located in the eastern Black Sea region of Turkey. The inhabitants of Pontus were some of the very first converts to Christianity. From 1914 to 1923, out of approximate 700,000 Pontic Greek Christians, as many as 350,000 were killed by Muslim Turks in a genocidal campaign. Almost all the rest were driven out of their homes during the forced population exchange between Greece and Turkey.


Despite Turkey's unchanging pattern of violating freedom of expression, the country was officially recognized as a candidate for full membership of the European Union in 1999, and is a part of the "Western Europe" branch of the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) at the United Nations.[7]

[7] In 1987, Turkey's application to accede to the European Economic Community, the predecessor of the European Union (EU), was made. Since 1963, Turkey has been an associate member. Turkey became a member of the Council of Europe in 1949; the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1961; and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 1973. It was an associate member of the Western European Union from 1992 to its end in 2011. It also signed a Customs Union agreement with the EU in 1995.